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NASCAR Cup Series: Top tier auto racing division within NASCAR
The NASCAR Cup Series is the top racing series of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR). The series began in 1949 as the Strictly Stock Division, and from 1950 to 1970 it was known as the Grand National Division. In 1971, when the series began leasing its naming rights to the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, it was referred to as the NASCAR Winston Cup Series (1971–2003). A similar deal was made with Nextel in 2003, and it became the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series (2004–2007). Sprint acquired Nextel in 2005, and in 2008 the series was renamed the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (2008–2016). In December 2016, it was announced that Monster Energy would become the new title sponsor and the series was renamed the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (2017–2019). In 2019, NASCAR rejected Monster's offer to extend the current naming rights deal beyond the end of the season. NASCAR subsequently announced its move to a new tiered sponsorship model beginning with the 2020 season similar to other US based professional sports leagues, where it was simply known as the NASCAR Cup Series, with the sponsors of the series being called Premier Partners. The four Premier Partners are Busch Beer, Coca-Cola, GEICO, and Xfinity.

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NASCAR resumes season with no fans [Video]

NASCAR resumes season with no fans

NASCAR resumed competition after a two-month shutdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic, holding its Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina without fans. Chris Dignam has more.

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2020 NASCAR Cup Series race winners

From the Daytona 500 to the NASCAR championship race, the winners of every Cup Series race in 2020.
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Kyle Busch snaps long winless streak to claim second NASCAR Cup championship

Kyle Busch outdueled Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin, pulling away at the season finale to win the Homestead race and the title.
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Wild wrecks and crazy spins in the 2019 NASCAR Cup season

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NASCAR at Martinsville 2019: Schedule, lineup, TV and more for First Data 500 playoff race

All the information you need to get ready for Sunday's First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway, the seventh of 10 playoff races in the Cup Series.
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Ryan Blaney wins in a photo finish as crashes decimate the field at Talladega playoff race

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Inspiring Kevin Harvick tire changer back for final stretch of NASCAR playoffs

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NASCAR playoffs 2019: Schedule, lineup, TV and more for Bank of America Roval 400 at Charlotte

All the information you need to get ready for Sunday's Bank of America Roval 400, the first elimination race of the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs.
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Kevin Harvick takes son for a ride after winning NASCAR Cup race at Michigan

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Chase Elliott wins NASCAR Cup race at Watkins Glen again

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Hamlin pull away late to win NASCAR race at Pocono Raceway

Denny Hamlin had enough fuel in the No. 11 Toyota to pull away off the final restart in an overtime finish for his fifth victory at Pocono Raceway
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Harvick follows win with pole at Pocono Raceway

Kevin Harvick turned a lap of 174.058 mph to take the NASCAR Cup pole at Pocono Raceway
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Kurt Busch wins NASCAR Cup race at Kentucky after a wild overtime battle with Kyle Busch

Kurt Busch and Kyle Busch put on a show, but it was elder brother Kurt who won the race and gave Chevrolet its first Cup Series win at Kentucky.
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Rain, big crash help long-shot Justin Haley win NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona

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NASCAR at Daytona 2019: Schedule, lineup, TV and weather for Coke Zero Sugar 400

All the information you need to get ready for Saturday night's Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona, the 18th race in the NASCAR Cup Series.
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Five questions to be answered during second half of the NASCAR Cup Series season

Saturday's Cup race at Daytona marks the midpoint of the season. It also marks the time in which playoff positioning moves to the forefront.
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Alex Bowman celebrated his first NASCAR win by hosting a syrup-chugging contest

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Bowman gets 1st Cup Series win at Chicagoland

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NASCAR returns to Chicagoland after frantic finish last year

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Martin Truex Jr. holds off Kyle Busch to win his third Cup race at Sonoma

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The Latest: William Byron leads 1st stage at Sonoma Raceway

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Kyle Larson claims 3rd straight NASCAR pole at Sonoma

Kyle Larson won the NASCAR Cup Series pole at Sonoma Raceway for the third consecutive year
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Rain mars Michigan Cup race; FireKeepers Casino 400 rescheduled for Monday

The FireKeepers Casino, the 15th race in the NASCAR Cup Series, was postponed after persistent rain kept drivers from taking the green flag.
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Kyle Busch plows to victory in Pocono 400 to score fourth win of season

How the Pocono 400, the 14th race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, played out Sunday at Pocono Raceway.
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NASCAR Pocono 400: Schedule, lineup, TV and weather at Pocono Raceway

All the information you need to get ready for Sunday's Pocono 400, the 14th race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
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